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For many people living with hearing loss, the holiday season can be overwhelming and challenging. Many of us not living with hearing loss look forward to family gatherings, holiday parties and visiting with friends and family. For a person living with hearing loss however, parties and gatherings bring a host of anxieties. This is primarily true for people living with hearing loss because parties and social situations can lead to challenging listening obstacles. Such challenges include the inability to understand conversations, brain fatigue from over-working to understand conversations, confusion, depression and anxiety.

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Although we always recommend confronting hearing loss and finding a solution to improve a person’s quality of life, here are some tips for people with hearing loss to better enjoy the holiday season:

Hearing Loss – Give Yourself Time to Process. 

For a person with hearing loss, background noise is public enemy number one. Give yourself a fighting chance and position yourself away from speakers or loud kitchen areas and find the quietest area of the room. This will allow you to hear conversations rather than excess background noises.

Hearing Loss – Bring A Friend.

A person with hearing loss may tend to feel more isolated, especially when attending large social functions. Bringing a friend with you can help offer a level of comfort to a person with hearing loss. This friend can help a person with hearing loss feel more included in conversations and is able to repeat details they may miss or not understand.

Hearing Loss – Be Aware of Your Limits.

Although partaking in celebrating the holidays by way of alcoholic beverages can be fun and allow a person with hearing loss to feel more relaxed, it can also cause excess confusion for a person living with hearing loss. It’s important for a person with hearing loss to remain aware of the fact that they are working harder to understand their surroundings than other people are.

HOLIDAYS AND HEARING AIDS

If you are living with untreated hearing loss, it’s important that you see an Audiologist or a National Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist (NBC-HIS) as soon as possible to confront your hearing loss before it progresses even further.  If you have hearing aids, it’s important that you wear your hearing aids. This is especially true in relation to holiday events. Many people living with hearing loss feel that hearing aids make loud social situations worse. This may have been true with your grandfather’s hearing aids, but this is certainly not the case with hearing aid technology today!  In fact, hearing aids today are specifically designed to detect and filter out unwanted noise and help you focus on speech.

HEARING LOSS & THE LATEST HEARING AID TECHNOLOGY

holidays and hearing loss

At Physicians Hearing Solutions, located in Warwick and East Providence, Rhode Island, we provide a large selection of different types of hearing aids, ensuring we find the right solution for your specific hearing loss, including features such as:

 

  • Blue tooth compatibility with a full range of wireless possibilities
  • Speech pattern detection and noise reduction
  • Wind noise suppression
  • Automatic voice control
  • Anti-feedback control
  • Open fit technology for a more natural sound

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There are so many different types of hearing aids. Below is a brief explanation of the hearing devices available to meet your hearing loss needs:

Lyric

100% invisible, the Lyric is the only deep ear hearing aid technology that offers clients complete invisibility. Thanks to its unique placement, clients can enjoy the benefits of better hearing without anyone ever knowing they’re using a hearing aid.

Receiver-In-the-Ear (RITE)

These hearing aids are preferred by many because they keep the ear canal open and reduce any plugged-up feelings. However, your degree of hearing loss will depend on the exact aid selected.

Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC)

These hearing instruments rest inside the ear rather than behind it. The small size of these aids offers a very discreet style and are mostly used for people with mild to severe hearing losses.

In-The-Ear (ITE)

These hearing instruments rest inside the ear rather than behind it. The small size of these aids offers a very discreet style and are mostly used for people with mild to severe hearing losses.

Behind-The-Ear (BTE)

These instruments are appropriate for hearing losses from mild to profound. Directional microphones, multiple listening programs, tele-coil, and Bluetooth® compatibility are available features. This traditional style is a good choice for pediatric patients and individuals with excessive moisture and accumulative cerumen (earwax).

In-The-Canal (ITC)

These hearing instruments rest inside the ear rather than behind it. The small size of these aids offers a very discreet style and are mostly used for people with mild to severe hearing losses.

HEARING LOSS HELP IN RHODE ISLAND

Our specialized hearing healthcare practice is committed to working with each patient individually to bring the most effective and affordable care to each patient by improving their quality of life through better hearing. To fulfill this mission, Physicians Hearing Solutions is committed to earning the trust and respect of each patient, professionals and the community; ensuring a creative, challenging and compassionate professional environment; exceeding patient expectations; listening to those we are privileged to serve; and striving for continuous improvements at all levels. If you’re ready to take the next steps in your hearing loss journey, call Physicians Hearing Solutions today (401) 921-0181 or visit: www.PHSDOCS.com.

 


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